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Patagonia in”spire”s

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We bid farewell to our new friends and hopped into the truck, ready for yet another border crossing.  No more than ten minutes after we entered the aduana building, we were leaving Chile, both of us stamped out of the country and the truck’s permit cancelled.  Why couldn’t Central America’s borders be this easy?

Pulling over for a roadside lunch,…

We Found Paradise, It’s In Patagonia

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Though the Carretera starts its journey in Puerto Montt, only a few miles exist until the road ends, quickly submerging underwater. Here lies the first of many mandatory ferry crossings. The first was a short 45 minutes, hugging the steep shoreline just south of Alerce Andino National Park.

The second crossing winded for hours through a narrow inlet flanked…

Arequipa, South Peru

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After an uneventful border crossing but with very nice and helpful and interested Peruvian customs and immigration officers I drove through the desert of Peru up North.I had almost forgotten how extremely boring the countryside is.
Now in Arequipa in the courtyard of Hotel Mercedes. A beautiful old building almost in the center of Arequipa. To get here was quite…

Kinda stuck…

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I am trying to sell my car from here in Arica, Chile until Colombia. Timeframe unknown, but estimated one-and-a-half to two months from now.
Why? Because it’s a great car and in very good condition and it would still have great value and for another ‘overlander’, it would be a great deal. But for me it would be to expensive…

The end of the road

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We have made it to Ushuaia! It is billed as ‘The Southernmost city in the world,’ although there is a small naval town, Puerto Williams, a bit farther south–across the Beagle Channel in Chile.

Milo looks out for dogs over the Beagle Channel

I only found out recently that Tierra del Fuego is an island. We crossed the Strait of…

Earthquake, not the movie.

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Arica, Chile 21:00, April 1st, 2014
But no joke, a bloody bad joke…
At about 20:00 I talked to my Taiwanese roommate that I felt rumbling but he said it was the cars in the street… But then at 21:00 hours, I just had a shower and ready to browse the internet, it started to shake really badly. This time…

March in Pictures

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Just in case it wasn’t totally obvious, yesterday’s post was an April fools. We will make it to Ushuaia today, and we still have a few more months of travel.
Plus of course, we’d never let go of Milo. Or even sell the van, for that matter.
Here is the usual post with some photos we took this month.

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Parque Nacional Lauca

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I went for a day trip from Arica to Lauca National Park [4650 mtrs] drank a lot and ate a lot of coca candy for altitude sickness…
The road was winding up from the coastal town up to the height of more than 4650 meters…
The Parinacota volcano is over 6000 meters high.
Unfortunately the weather was overcast because on…

Arica, north Chile…

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I am getting good reviews from other travellers that went to Lauca National Park and the lake at the antiplano.  First I thought going there straight from Iquique but then I thought of going to Arica first and see how my ad for the car was doing. I have one really interested person.
Then in the hostel I heard that…

Into the great wide open

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When we reached Punta Arenas, we checked into a hotel as a respite from two things that have become very difficult–staying warm at night, and fast Internet. We’ve seen so much in the past two weeks that it seems like a lifetime since our ride on the steam train in Esquel.
Driving through Patagonia feels like a real road trip–with…

Driving south

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In the last few weeks we’ve been driving down Patagonia.
A few weeks ago we rode a steam train:

And run into the cover Bruce Chatwin used for his book.

It is very windy in the plains of Patagonia.One problem with wind is that it makes you wonder: “how would palm trees look, blowing in this wind?”. The Argentine government…

Ruta 7- The Careterra Austral

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After disembarking the ferry, we skirted North up the coastline towards Parque Pumalin, Chile’s largest private park founded by Doug Tompkins, former owner of The North Face.  It didn’t take long for the nicely paved road to turn to bumpy gravel.  With the afternoon clouds hanging over us, we entered the park with a slight sprinkle beginning to fall on…

Chile’s Lake District & Chiloé

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Another border crossing under our belts, we followed along the switchback road to the Pacific yet again.  We bounced South along the coast for a few days before returning inland.  We were ready to gain some headway, so we hopped on Ruta 5- one of the nicest, three lane paved roads we have been on in months!  It came with…

Road knits III

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It’s cold again, which means I finally get to wear the sweater I finished in Buenos Aires! It was so hot at the time that I could hardly bear to even try it on for size. This is only the second sweater I’ve ever knit. The first was a bad experience more than ten years ago. I lost an entire…

Nuevos Amigos & Mucho Vino

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Since crossing into Chile, we have been loving the frequent “real” grocery stores.  We spent more money on food and cheap wine at the grocery store than we had in weeks in Peru!  However, we were ready to hit the road to Argentina.  Not wanting any of our precious food taken from us at the border, we made a point…

Chile to Chiloe

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A view of Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Andes

Traversing the Andes from Mendoza was spectacular, with clear days, good roads, and tons of happy roadside picnics. As much as we would have liked to have stayed in Argentina for much longer, the van’s 90-day visa was up.

Argentina-Chile border crossing through Paso Los Libertadores.

The border crossing into…

The Ocean Breeze and Birds with Backwards Knees

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After dropping Nate’s mom off at the airport, we decided to get a hotel room in the city for one more night before returning to our mud pit campground at Quinta Lala. We walked around Cusco even more, taking in the beautiful architecture.  While walking around one day, we stumbled upon Norton’s Rat Tavern.  We found our way up the…

Lake District or Columbia Gorge?

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After meeting up with friends from back home for a fantastic New Years celebration we awoke at 6am and sped down the deserted highway to the Santiago airport. Joe’s little sister Hilary was flying in from LA and with only ten days until she flew home again we needed to make the most of it!  We bombed down the two…

Taltal to La Serena

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We retraced our route to Calama and then headed south initially to Antofogasta, but it was only 250 km. There were several ruins along the way.

This is a sign you do not see very often and just after the traffic was crawling for 10 km following the biggest dump truck ever. It took up two lanes and nearly took…

San Pedro de Atacama

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In the morning we headed the 435 km to San Pedro de Atacama.

On the way there is an aduana stop and no gas at about 165 km from Pozo. Here you have to go in with you permit to get it stamped (we are not sure why) before you can proceed south. The next gas station from here is…

Headed to Chile Country 14

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The next morning we heard there was a strike of the civil servants in Chile, not what you want to hear on the day you plan to cross the border to Chile. We drove the 20 km to the border area.

First you arrive at the Peru immigration building and pull in and park in the lot.

At the front…

Rock ‘n roll nights

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Multi-coloured  Valparaiso.

Jupapina, nr Mallasa, Bolivia
[by Paula]
We spent a day trying to decide where to go for the last portion of my brother’s visit. We could still make it to Peru for some trekking? Maybe pop over to Argentina?
After Derek left, Jeremy I were either going to be scooting back up north to Ecuador to collect our…

Overdosing on superlatives

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Er, bit dry here in the desert isn’t it? Pan de Azucar National park, Chile.

La Paz, Bolivia
by Paula
We’ve been over-doing things recently, in the best possible way. What with our marathon journey south to meet my family – the Jollys – in Chile, and the ensuing five weeks of astounding sightseeing, travelling and general Jollity, we’re all…

Who let the dogs out – Humberstone

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Sadly we were on our last few days in Chile, but as they say all good things come to an end.  Lucky for us though we are traveling North and still have loads of new adventures, new countries and new places to visit.

Sarah checking out the general store in Humberstone
From leaving Chuquicamata Mine we decided to take the coast road…

Chuquicamata Copper Mine – Northern Chile

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Huge truck up close. Ted.
I had my heart set on going to see the worlds largest open-pit mine. It’s not hard to visit, in fact the Chuquicamata Copper Mine runs a free 3 hour-long tour, and this is a bus based tour that actually drives down a short way into the mine itself! I had seen some large mines…

El Tatio – Highest Geyser Field in the World

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Snow blowing across the road
Snowstorms on the way to El Tatio Geyser Field
At one stage we really thought the El Tatio Geyser Field was going to elude us as we had made two previous attempts to get to see them, and the weather created quite an obstacle for us, yes we had snow.  The problem wasn’t driving through…

Atacama Stargazing at ALMA

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Moglander is dwarfed by the high precision antennas.
If Carlsberg were to make the best stargazing location in the world, it would probably be the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile. When you visit the main tourist town, San Pedro de Atacama you will immediately see loads of tour companies with telescopes outside their doors, advertising their stargazing night-time trips into…

San Pedro de Atacama – A great place to Chill

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San Pedro de Atacama was our destination after our wonderful journey in Bolivia through the Salar and its surrounding lakes and volcanoes. This is probably our last visit to Chile and we expect to be only here for ten days or so, maybe a little longer. It is a small dusty town of unpaved roads with small adobe houses, dim-lit…

House sitting in Chile finished

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House sitting in Chile can be fun. But for us, it’s over. We were parked up for just over a month, and we’ve now got ichy feet. This is what we have been doing.
Tennis of course
Sarah made a quick trip to Ireland and France to see family, and to check out some Tennis.  A hectic few days…

Youth Culture

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A rare occurrence, I was reading the Sky Airlines in-flight magazine as I flew from Punta Arenas to La Serena, when I noticed the majority of the significant events being advertised for the South American countries served by Sky Airlines celebrated somewhat earlier generations. 
Charles Aznavour, aged 88, was scheduled to perform; at the age of 90 lead singer Omara…